Red was always one of my favorite comedians growing up. Yesterday was the 65th anniversary of Congress officially recognizing The Pledge Of Allegiance. This is a classic Red moment, and I'm glad its been preserved on film so that it may be shared with each succeeding generation of kids in hopes they will not forget the promise of American Liberty and the meaning of individual responsibility.
Below is a transcript of Red Skelton on the Pledge of Allegiance.
"I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester
and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you.
If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?"
me, an individual, a committee of one.
dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.
my love and my devotion.
To the flag
our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever
she waves, there's respect because your loyalty has given
her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job!
that means that we have all come together.
individual communities that have united into 48 great states.
Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and
purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to
a common purpose, and that's love for country.
And to the republic
a state in which sovereign power is
invested in representatives chosen by the
people to govern. And government is the people
and it's from the people to the leaders, not from
the leaders to the people.
For which it stands, one nation
one nation, meaning "so
blessed by God"
incapable of being divided.
which is freedom -- the right of power to live one's
own life without threats, fear or some sort of
the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
which means, boys and girls, it's as much your
country as it is mine.
Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country
and two words have been added to the pledge of Allegiance...
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said
that is a prayer
and that would be eliminated from schools too?
The Cop and the Anthem (Classic Red)